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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Ricardo Padilla Ayala and Erin Womboldt

Greg Allen
Staff Writer




Ricardo Padilla Ayala

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Padilla Ayala, a freshman outside hitter, led the charge as Springfield powered through Elms 3-0 (25-14, 25-7, 25-18) on Saturday, Jan. 31. Padilla-Ayala racked up nine kills on 19 errorless attempts. Along with his high hitting percentage, the freshman also gave the Pride five digs and three aces.

Q. As a freshman, what has been the best part of being on such a successful team?
A.  The best part of being in this team is the relationship I have with my teammates. Since I joined the team, I felt like part of a family and this helps us in court. The key to being such a successful team is our communication, trust, and support on and off of the court.

Q. What do you feel you showed the coaching staff by playing the way you did against Elms on Saturday?
A. I believe that I did everything I could to show the staff that I tried to play as they have been teaching me to do. I also showed that I will be there every time my team needs me and most important, that I will always try to do my best.

Q. Against Elms you had nine kills on 19 errorless attempts. What got you in a groove and how did you continue to hit accurately throughout the match?
A. I was concentrated all throughout the game and I believe that this helped me do my best. The statistics were very surprising to me, considering i never had such a errorless match in kills before. A big part of having a good game was my team. They support me in every way and this gives me a lot of confidence inside the court.

Erin Womboldt

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Womboldt led the Pride to its first first-place finish of the season on Saturday. The junior captain was able to place second in the pentathlon earning 2,682 points. She took the gold in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.56, was runner-up in the 800 meter with a time of 2:45.12 and finished in second in the long jump where she extended for a jump of 15 feet, 10.5 inches.

Q. You did very well in all your events. How do you keep your stamina throughout the day to compete at a high level in all of your events?
A. In the pentathlon there is time between each event to rest. To keep my energy levels up throughout the meet I focused on keeping hydrated, resting a little after events, and eating small snacks when I could.  Most importantly I have to thank my teammates for helping me stay motivated throughout the day.

Q. As a junior captain on this years team, how has your role changed from your first two years?
A. I feel that I have always held myself to a certain standard in terms of attitude and performance during practice and meets. Now as an upperclassman I just hope that my actions place me as a positive role model for others on the team

Q. Your team just won its first meet of the year. How do you think this first place finish will raise the confidence of your team and impact the rest of the season?
A. Everyone on the team has been working so hard in each workout and I think that this meet finally showed all the effort we have put in. I think this win will serve as great motivation for the team to continue to put 110% into our workouts and meets.

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